Information on Chives

Latin NameAllium schoenoprasum
Part UsedBulbs
Herb FormsFresh green tops in salads and cooking, dried bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA pungent favorite garden plant from the Lily family. Bulbs clustered on a small rhizome with numerous hollow leaves and rose-violet flowers.
DescriptionChives are a relative of garlic and onions and have similar but milder medicinal properties. They have been used for colds and flu and as an appetite stimulant. Historically, they were purported to be an aphrodisiac. Chives contain an essential oil, which is rich in sulphur, and they are used extensively in cooking.

Chives has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Chives

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Appetite, lack ofappetite stimulantfresh leaves
Colds, acutedecongestantfresh leaves


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